A writ petition was filed with the HC on 19 January seeking a ban on revealing the identities of such victims, no matter whether they are alive or deceased. Milon filed the writ petition on behalf of the Justice Watch Foundation.

Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Samarendra Nath Biswas represented the state.

Milon said even though section 14 of the Women and Children Prevention Act prohibits revealing the identities of victims various news media are hardly abiding by the law.

This is leading to social harassment of the victims’ families. Recently, the photo of an English medium student, who died after rape, was published in a media outlet.